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February

06

1987

February 06, 1987



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Diary Entry - 02/06/1987

Friday, February 6, 1987

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My birthday! After usual meetings went over to E.O.B. to address meeting of Private sector Initiative supporters—prepared speech in hand. Walked into the auditorium which was filled with Cabinet & executive staff people & the Marine band. The band play “76 Trombones.” Nancy appeared from no where wheeling a giant birthday cake. The whole meeting had been a frame up to achieve a very successful surprise party.

Then back to work. A good meeting with Dave Abshire who is doing very well on his digging into the Iran matter.

Forgot—before all this at 8:34 A.M. we were informed that at that moment Gerald Seib (Wall St. Journal reporter) landed in Zurich on his 31st birthday to be met by our Ambas. & Mrs. Seib.

Another surprise for me when I went into lunch—Kathy & Dottie & Jim were there with a raft of gifts.

Ended office day with a meeting with George S. Well it didn’t quite end the day—Bob Byrd & Bob Dole came in regarding ratification of Nuclear test ban treaty. I had proposed that it be ratified in it’s present form with a proviso that I would submit a protocol for ratification containing agreement to be negotiated regarding verification procedures. Bob Byrd was adamant that a double ratification could not be done. Believe it or not he settled for treaty with clause that would only be in effect after I had submitted verification clause satisfactory to me alone.

Then upstairs—more gifts & a pleasant dinner with the Geoff Swaebes & the Wicks.